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Introduction

Church in Sigulda

Church in Sigulda

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Sigulda is a city located in the Gauja National Park, about 53 kilometres northeast of Riga. Sigulda was a strategically important location during the medieval ages, boasting three castles in close proximity. The ruins of Turaida castle are now the most visited museum in Latvia. Its location next to the steep sandstone cliffs of the Gauja river gave it the nickname Latvia's Switzerland. It is now the outdoor activity capital of Latvia and home to a Olympic standard bobsleigh track.

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Sights and Activities

  • Turaida Castle ruins and Turaida Museum Reserve
  • Sigulda Castle ruins
  • Krimulda Castle ruins
  • Gutmanis Cave
  • Cable car ride over the Gauja

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Events and Festivals

  • Golden Autumn is the most popular time to visit Sigulda. When the leaves of the trees are changing colour the scenery is astonishing.

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Getting There

By Train

Latvian Railways has services to/from Sigulda about 10 times daily, a few less during weekends. A few trains continue to Cesis and Valga in Estonia. There are also a few other options to check timetables, prices etc, including the Latvian Passenger Trains website and the excellent 1188.lv website.
Trains run 3 times daily from Riga Central Station to Sigulda. The price of a one-way ticket is approximately 1 Lat.

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Getting Around

By Car

Sigulda is a small city and is easily navigable by car. Traffic jams have been known to occur on weekends in autumn as many people flock to the city to see the 'golden autumn.'

By Public Transport

Sigulda has a limited but reliable public bus network. The most useful bus for tourists it the #12, which runs from Sigulda centre to Turaida and Krimulda. Check out the timetable here.

By Foot

This is by far the best way to see Sigulda. There are a number of walking trails linking the 3 main sites, however most will involve a fair amount of descending and ascending the steep banks of the Gauja River valley, appropriate for the place known as Latvia's Switzerland.

By Bike

As well as walking trails, there are a number of bike paths and mountain bike trails in and around Sigulda, fitting its reputation as Latvia's adventure sport capital. Bike rental is available, but be prepared for some steep climbs.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
CathousePils iela 8APARTMENT-
Hotel SegevoldMalpils iela 4bhotel-
Sigulda HotelPils Street 6Hotel-
Kaķu mājaRaiņa iela 5aguesthouse-
ParksAtbrivotaju str.1, SiguldaHostel80
Reina trackKalnzaki Krimulda pag.Guesthouse-
Reinis GuesthouseKalnzaki, Krimulda p., Riga r.guesthouse-
SPA Hotel EzeriSigulda MunicipalityHotel-
Pils - SiguldaPils Iela 4bHOTEL-
Hotel Pils-SiguldaPils iela 4b, Siguldas novadsHotel99

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Post

Latvijas Pasts is the national postal service of the country and has relatively fast, affordable and reliable services. They have both mail and express mail service, domestically and internationally. For sending letters, postcards and parcels internationally, it is easy to check prices at their post tarrifs. Prices for international mail start at around 0.45L for postcards within Europe, 0.50L outside Europe, stamps for letters are slightly more expensive. It usually takes at least several days up to a week within Europe, but around 10 days to North America for example. Domestic services are faster of course, usually within 2 days. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, though large central post offices might keep slightly longer hours and can be open on Sunday sometimes. Latvian post boxes are colored yellow, and postage stamps can be bought in post offices or news-stands (kiosks). Specialized package services are provided as well by companies like DHL and UPS, among others.

Quick Facts

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Inhabitants
10.603
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 57.155004
  • Longitude: 24.858198

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